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Severe Storm Potential this Labor Day Weekend

August 31, 2014
By: Ben Potter, Social Media and Innovation Editor google + 
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Large areas of the Great Plains and the Midwest will receive rainfall this weekend - with some severe weather also likely.  

 Large sections of the country are expecting precipitation over the Labor Day weekend, but it won’t all be gentle rains. Flash flooding, severe thunderstorms and even a tornado or two are possible.

According to, an energetic jet stream dip may trigger flooding rainfall and some severe thunderstorms over portions of the Midwest. The greatest risk for severe thunderstorms will be on Sunday from the central Plains to the Upper Midwest.

Meantime, has targeted eastern Nebraska, southeast South Dakota and southwest Minnesota as having the greatest risk to see a tornado Sunday evening.

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"In addition to the potential for a few tornadoes, many of the storms will bring the full spectrum risk of severe weather, including damaging wind gusts, large hail, frequent lightning strikes and flash flooding," according to Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

Storms continuing into Monday will affect a large area of the Midwest that includes Kalamazoo, Mich.; South Bend, Ind.; Chicago and Springfield, Ill., and St. Louis and Columbia, Mo., he adds. The danger will reach Indianapolis Sunday evening, when isolated severe thunderstorms will also extend back along the border of Kansas and Oklahoma.

Sosnowski concludes that damaging winds, hail and flooding downpours are the greatest concerns on Labor Day in these areas.

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